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"Servant of the Shard" redirects here. For the other series containing "The Servant of the Shard", see Paths of Darkness.

The Sellswords is a trilogy of fantasy novels written by R. A. Salvatore, the famous SciFi and fantasy author. It contains three books, Servant of the Shard, Promise of the Witch King, and Road of the Patriarch. It is his latest work, (as of 2006) and continues the tale of the infamous assassin, Artemis Entreri, and the cunning drow mercenary, Jarlaxle Baenre. Continuing the story of Artemis and Jarlaxle told in the Paths of Darkness series, Artemis and Jarlaxle begin an adventure that tests their skills, their minds, and their souls. While the two characters are antagonists in the Drizzt Do'Urden series, in The Sellswords Trilogy they are the main characters of some of the few books in Salvatore's Forgotten Realms novels that do not have the legendary drow warrior, Drizzt Do'Urden, as the hero of the novel. The Sellswords develops the two characters more deeply than was possible in the other Salvatore books, giving the reader an in depth view of the mind of the cold, calculating Artemis Entreri and the ambitious, opportunistic Jarlaxle.

Works included[]

Sellswords Trilogy series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

  1. Servant of the Shard (2000)
  2. Promise of the Witch King (2005)
  3. Road of the Patriarch (2006)

Plot summary[]


Servant of the Shard[]

After regaining his confidence and will to live, Artemis Entreri finds himself allied with the mercenary Jarlaxle as the drow's tie to the surface world. Caught in the plans of Jarlaxle's band, Bregan D'aerthe, Artemis finds himself back in the Calimport, the city in which he became known as one of the greatest assassins in Faerûn. Without many ties to the city after spending his time in captivity to the drow, Entreri must once again make his name known while trying to survive against the guilds of Calimport and Jarlaxle's lieutenants, Berg'inyon Baenre, Rai-guy Bondalek, and Kimmuriel Oblodra. At the same time Jarlaxle succumbs to the mental intrusions of the crystal shard, Crenshinibon, as it pushes Jarlaxle to fulfill his unending ambitions. This is also the third novel in the Paths of Darkness series.


Promise of the Witch King[]

Leaving behind their past, Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle Baenre become mercenaries in the lands of Damara and Vaasa where fame and glory await any who seek it. They are hired by two dragon sisters to uncover artifacts left behind by Zhengyi the Witch King, a powerful lich who ruled the region for many years before falling to the power of King Gareth Dragonsbane and his allies. In this tale of a pair of unlikely heroes, Artemis and Jarlaxle battle mighty foes in search of adventure, glory, and treasure.

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Road of the Patriarch[]

In the final episode of this series, Jarlaxle and Entreri find themselves having to answer for their actions at Zhengyi's construct. Both the Spysong Dynasty and the Citadel of Assassins have lost associates at the castle and search for an honest account of the events that took place. Readers are finally told the dark truth behind both Entreri and Jarlaxle's childhoods, as well as a glimpse into the past of their dwarf associate Athrogate. As Entreri's past is revealed and he becomes further involved with Calihye, and a different side of the mysterious assassin is finally shown.

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